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The Key Studio Sessions: Madalean Gauze

Philadelphia singer and songwriter and badass rocker Madalean Gauze has been quietly making a name for herself for the past couple years. Last spring, she released the American War EP on Bandcamp. It was her first, but had quite a team behind it: recorded with Brian McTear at Miner Street Studio, it featured instrumental contributions from Dean Sabatino and Dandrew Stevens from Dead Milkmen; Pat Berkery from more bands than you can shake a stick at (most prominently The Bigger Lovers, Danielson and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah); and Dave Hartley from The War on Drugs. Let’s stop right there, though, and point out that while she had some heavy hitters working with her, Gauze could have made that EP with anybody and it would have been just as great – the strength is in the songs and the singing, and she’s a remarkable writer with a voice full of power and emotion. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Little Strike at Bourbon and Branch, Cousin Brian at Boot and Saddle,

Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com
Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com

Philly hiphop favorite Chill Moody returns to the TLA stage tonight. Earlier this year, Chill released his latest album, TV Made Me Do Itfeaturing collabs with Jacqueline Constance, Boogieman Dela and more – plus a handful of skits cleverly dove up as commercial breaks. Check out “I Can’t Stay” featuring Jacqueline Constance and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Terrible Friends at Bourbon and Branch, Royal Shoals at Boot and Saddle

Photo via twitter.com/terriblefriendz
Photo via twitter.com/terriblefriendz

South Jersey rock four-piece Terrible Friends plays Bourbon and Branch tonight. The band’s Beach House EP came out a year ago, and it’s a tight collection of booming anthems in the vein of Kings of Leon and The Black Keys. Listen to it below; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fake Boyfriend at Bourbon and Branch, Rozwell Kid at Chameleon Club, Marc Neibauer at Kung Fu Necktie

Fake Boyfriend | via fakeboyfriend.bandcamp.com
Fake Boyfriend | via fakeboyfriend.bandcamp.com

There’s not much out there on the internet about Philly’s Fake Boyfriend at present – just a Bandcamp page with a 27-second noisepunk freakout called “Gimmick.” Lyrics are pretty straightforward and self-depricatring: “Hi, we’re fake boyfriend and we’re a gimmick.” But the band (which features erstwhile singer-songwriter Abi Reimold rocking the heck out on drums) has been burning up the house show world for the better part of this year. Tonight they hit up a proper venue – Northern Liberties’ Bourbon and Branch. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to “Gimmick” below, and then listen again. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Modest Mouse at SteelStacks, Three Man Cannon at Bourbon and Branch, Trombone Shorty at Ocean City Music Pier

Modest Mouse at SteelStacks in 2014 | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

After re-emerging with a late summer gig at SteelStacks last summer, indie rock icons Modest Mouse are back to the Bethlehem venue tonight with their latest album in tow. Strangers to Ourselves follows up 2007′s We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank in fine form, with frontman Isacc Brock’s wry, observational wordplay taking center stage around driving guitars and pensive arrangements. Tickets for the show are still available and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nuevofest at The Trocadero, The Morelings at Bourbon and Branch, Modern Baseball at the Electric Factory and more

Adhesivos | via facebook.com/adhesivosska
Adhesivo | via facebook.com/adhesivoska

Tonight, AfroTaino productions and World Cafe’s Latin Roots Live concert series join forces to present Nuevofest at The Trocadero. Seven bands with roots in Venezuela, Mexico, the Dominican Republic an the U.S. will perform, from El Salvador ska six-piece Adhesivo to Trenton hip-hop duo Agudos Clef. The 21+ show is free, but you have to RSVP here. Watch a video for “Las Moskas” by Adhesivo below and download a four-song Nuevofest sampler here. Continue reading →

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The Morelings are bringing their ethereal sound to Bourbon & Branch

The Morelings | photo by Lizzy Schwartz | via https://www.facebook.com/themorelings
The Morelings | photo by Lizzy Schwartz | via https://www.facebook.com/themorelings

Local dreamgaze outfit The Morelings will play their first Philly show of the summer at the Bourbon & Branch this Sunday, July 12.

The band emerged into the city’s budding shoegaze/dreampop scene at just the right time last year, evoking a style that favors wispy, crawling melodies and gleaming guitar textures. Vocalist/bassist Kedra Caroline’s voice floats with finesse on the surface of The Morelings’ deep, layered tracks. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: A colorful video for “What Are We Waiting For” by Mike and Ruthy Band

 

The Mike + Ruthy Band | Photo by Eric Gerard
The Mike and Ruthy Band | Photo by Eric Gerard

The Mike and Ruthy Band are a pair dedicated to honoring the heart of folk and Americana. They met as struggling artists in New York City after graduating college and have been creating music ever since, first in The Mammals and currently in their own project.. Their latest full-length release, Bright As You Can, features songs centered on their family- and community-centric mission, and the single “What Are We Waiting For” is no exception. The song is an upbeat summery “anthem,” as Ruthy puts it, perfect for jamming whilst on the open road. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: D’Angelo at The Keswick Theater, Flounder Warehouse at Bourbon and Branch, Stranger Cat at Boot and Saddle and more

D'Angelo | Photo via facebook.com/dangelo
D’Angelo | Photo via facebook.com/dangelo

Modern funk / soul great D’Angelo brings his critically-acclaimed Black Messiah album to the Keswick Theatre tonight. The Second Coming tour features D’Angelo’s band The Vanguard, a star-studded roster of music industry vets: bassist Pino Palladino (who’s played with The Who), guitarists Jesse Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey, drummer Chris “Daddy” Dave, keyboardist Cleo “Pookie” Sample and vocalists Kendra Foster (of George Clinton’s P-Funk), Charlie “Red” Middleton and Jermain Holmes. Anchoring the group is D’Angelo on guitar, keyboards and vocals. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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